The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

2. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?

3. What was unsettling, to Socrates, about the conversation he had with Euthyphro?

4. What did Socrates say would happen if the jury condemned him?

5. What is the first of the four dialogues contained in "The Last Days of Socrates"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How were the four dialogues that were included in "The Last Days of Socrates" originally arranged?

2. In the context of the dialogue of the same name, what does "apology" mean?

3. What is included in the introductory material which prefaces the book?

4. How educated was Socrates, and why?

5. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

6. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

7. How do Socrates and Euthyphro describe the relationship between deities and mortals?

8. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

9. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

10. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Euthyphro prosecutes his father for murder because he feels it is the right thing to do; Socrates states that loyalty to family should come before the law. Which point of view do you agree with? Why? If you were in Euthyphro's position, what would you have done? Why? Do you think that being in such a position might change Socrates' mind? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Compare the various scholars who contributed to "The Last Days of Socrates." What are their areas of expertise? Which portions of the text do they comment on, and why? How do they relate to the text of the dialogues? What do they challenge, or choose to explain? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates is still considered wise, more than 2000 years after his death. Why has he been nearly immortalized in the annals of history? Why is he considered so wise? Did his contemporaries feel the same way about him that modern philosophers do? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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